ARMAGEDDONQUEST squirms and thrashes in a crawlspace it dug out with its bare talons, partway between the early graphic novel and classic "outsider" art. It's the comics version of the demon-haunted work of the young Daniel Johnston, raw, passionate, demented, electric.
--Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Crooked Little Vein)
Hey, folx. My name is Ron Roach, and Armageddonquest is my 900-page b&w graphic novel, which I spent 20 years writing and drawing. It's a classic tale done in a pretty oddball style: it chronicles the life of the Anti-Christ from birth to Armageddon, but in comix form. And in this story, the Anti-Christ is the good guy.
I'm hoping to achieve something I've always wanted to do: put the whole thing into a single giant-sized volume. This new edition will sport a new cover by GØDLAND's Thomas Scioli (p/i) and Bill Crabtree (c), who did a pretty bang-up job capturing the story in a single image (see below):
This new edition will be professionally designed by Ronnie Casson whose work can be seen on the gorgeous CAT-EYE BOY Volumes 1-2 from Viz Manga Group. Printing will be done by Malloy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Malloy handled the nearly 1400-page BONE: THE ONE VOLUME EDITION, so they're more than qualified to print a high quality 900-page edition of AQ!
A completely overlooked trilogy of graphic novels about the Antichrist. Drawn by Roach over a 20-year period on anything from typing paper to napkins to worse, from what I understand, it's brilliant. Printed before its time; the right publisher could make a nice killing on its quirkiness.
–TOM SPURGEON, ComicsReporter.com
If we can raise a minimum of $8500 we can reprint the first 1/3rd of AQ in this new edition, make it a "Volume 1 (of 3)" kind of thing. But if we can achieve the wild goal of raising $17,000 we can fit the whole 900-page monstrosity, plus bonus material, into a single "One Volume Edition" a la BONE - the way it was always meant to be read. Either way, my hat's off to anyone who helps us achieve even a stepping stone toward putting these comix back into readers' hands, whatever the page count.
I welcome those of you lucky enough to be discovering AQ for the first time. In 1993 there were just two issues available, covering about 160 pages of the story. The print runs were humble and the book was very hard to find. I was jealous of Starhead [Comics] for publishing such an important new comic. Believe the hype. You have never, ever seen a comic like AQ.
–ROBB HORAN, publisher, SIRIUS
We've spent a long time putting together some neat stuff to give everyone. For starters, anyone to contributes the lowest amount of $5 will get the whole 900-page work in CBZ & PDF form (you'll get access to both, your choice).
After that we've got digital copies of never before published AQ comics and illustrated prose stories (see below for sample illustrations). Also physical copies of the new edition at the $25 mark, and then digital copies of my entire comix library (a lifetime of work!) - that's over 700 pages of completed comix at the $50 mark.
The comix included are: SPACEBUM - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/bum1.htm SNAIL TALES - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/scov.htm COSMIKIDS and MATURITY - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/cov.htm AGENTS OF THE CHALICE GN + DEMIGOD (sequel) - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/aotc00a.htm SLAMMER COMIX - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/slamcov.htm GUARD COMIX GN - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/guard00.htm THE PRISON AND THE PLANET GN - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/comix-ex/planet000.htm STRESS IN THE SLAMMER - http://www.danbbs.dk/~3r/stress/stress1.htm
Special Android OS User Package
Alternately, for those with Android-powered smart phones or tablets, we're offering the entire 900-pages of the Armageddonquest saga in 20 individual chapters, custom adapted by ROBOT COMICS (who did the incredible Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little App).
These adaptations will never be officially released on the Android market - they are exclusively for backers of this project alone. These adaptations use the most advance mobile comics software to date, combining frame-by-frame animation, transition effects, and vibration to create the most immersive digital comic reading experience I've ever encountered (no lie). These comics and all their SFX will be supported by Robot Comics' free Droid Comic Viewer app - the most popular Android comic viewer in the world.
Here's a video trailer to show everyone how the Android version looks in action:
Plus, to help you decide if these Android versions are for you, here's a link to download and test out the first Android-customized chapter of AQ:
DOWNLOAD ISSUE #1 FOR ANDROID (ACV Format File)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING: To test this file out, you'll need to first download and install the free DROID COMIC VIEWER onto your Android device. Either search "Droid Comic Viewer" in the Android Market (the best way to do it), or, if your device does not have access to the Android Market, download the viewer from the AndAppStore be clicking here.
Once Droid Comic Viewer is installed, simply upload the acv file to your device via USB. Then open Droid Comic Viewer. Select "Menu", then "Open" and find find the Armageddonquest file and select it. Voila! It'll open in the viewer and enjoy.
High End Incentives
Beyond all this, we have higher-end incentives like Original Art (we have 900 pages to give away!) plus original art for covers (see images below), and even drawing new short comic stories starring YOU interacting with the world of AQ, PLUS you'll get to own all the original art for these stories, too!
AQ Original Cover #1 ($300 incentive):
AQ Original Cover #2 ($300 incentive):
If you've actually read this far: we'll just say thanks so much for reading! We're excited about printing AQ in a single volume, and we hope some of that excitement's rubbed off. Thanks again, and if you back us, we promise not to disappoint. And let me leave you with one last little rah-rah quotable + some preview pages:
Wow, that looks crazy, and perhaps awesome. At first glance it reminds me a bit of Jack Katz's First Kingdom, a fully-realized epic fantasy story with outsider art appeal. [But] outsider art seems like an unfair way to characterize this book. It's actually very accomplished...The artwork reminds me of Tezuka and something about it, maybe the lettering, makes me think of Ditko."
-TOM SCIOLI (GØDLAND)